What Jada Pinkett Smith has said about alopecia struggle

Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about her alopecia battle over the years (Picture: Rich Fury/VF22/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

While Jada Pinkett Smith has never shied away from speaking about her battle with alopecia, her condition has been launched into the limelight after her husband Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars overnight for a joke made about her hair.

Comedian Chris was presenting an award in the Dolby Theater on Sunday night, when he turned his attention to Jada, who was sitting front and centre with King Richard actor Will (who would go on to win an Oscar moments later for his portrayal of Richard Williams).

Chris, 57, made a quip about 50-year-old Jada starring in G.I. Jane 2, a joke about her shaved head, saying: ‘Jada, I love you, GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it.’

After she rolled her eyes at the quip, which many deemed to be ableist, Will, 53, stormed the stage and slapped Chris, who responded: ‘Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.’

Returning to his seat, Will yelled: ‘Keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth!’

In 2018 Jada revealed she suffers from autoimmune disorder alopecia, a physical health condition that causes her hair to fall out. It is often associated with stress and anxiety. There is no cure, but treatments are available to slow down the loss of hair.

She said at the time, having covered her head with turbans: ‘I’ve been getting lots of questions about why I’ve been wearing this turban. Well, I’ve been having issues with hair loss.

‘And I’ll tell you it was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair, just in my hands, and I was like “oh my God am I going bald?”

‘It was one of those times in my life when I was literally shaking with fear.’

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith on the red carpet.

Jada supported her husband following his Oscar win (Picture: FilmMagic)
Jada, here in 2019, revealed her alopecia in 2018 (Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Speaking on her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk alongside mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, and daughter Willow Smith, she went on: ‘That’s why I cut my hair — and why I continue to cut it. I just had [thought], “ok, I think we’re gonna do another layer of cutting,” you know? And my hair has been a big part of me. Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual. And having the choice to have hair or not, and then one day to be like, “Oh, my God, I might not have the choice.”‘

She added: ‘People are out here with cancer, with sick children… I watch the higher power takes things every day and if the higher power wants to take my hair? That’s it? God, you want my hair? When I looked at it from that perspective it did settle me.’

The Gotham actress previously opened up about ‘struggling’ with hiding her bald spots.

In an Instagram video shared on Tuesday, Jada, 50, is seen with her shaved head and pointed to a thin bald line across her head.

She wrote: ‘Mama’s gonna have to take it down to the scalp so nobody thinks she got brain surgery or something😜 Me and this alopecia are going to be friends … period!😆.’

Jada then explained in the clip: ‘Now at this point, I can only laugh. Y’all know I’ve been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden one day, look at this line right here. Look at that,’ while pointing to the bald spot.

She continued: ‘So it just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide. So I thought I’d just share it so y’all are not asking any questions.

‘But you know mama’s going to put some rhinestones in there. I’m going to make me a little crown. That’s what mama’s going to do.’

Following Will and Chris’s run-in at last night’s ceremony, Jada was seen smiling and nodding while her husband made an emotional acceptance speech for the best actor prize recognising his leading role in King Richard.

Will was in tears as he apologised to the Academy and his fellow nominees for his actions, and his wife nodded her approval as he said: ‘Love will make you do crazy things.’

After the ceremony, Jada was by her husband’s side, holding his arm on the red carpet for the Vanity Fair Oscars party.

She seemed in good spirits at the event too, singing and dancing along as Will held up his trophy and celebrated his big win while dancing to his own hits.

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